Annual VBS Week
Over 40 children are attending Vacation Bible School this week, July 10-14th. This year’s theme is “Hero Central”, where the children are invited to discover their strength with God. We want to thank Rolinda Smoak and her adult and youth leaders and teachers for making this week special for our children and their families.
Sunday, July 16th has been designated VBS Sunday. On that Sunday, children and their families and leaders will present what they learned during the week. It will be a combined service at 10:30 AM to which everyone is invited to attend and participate.
Youth Camp Next Week
Our young people will be off to Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park next week. At latest count, eight young people will be camping, having fun, and growing their faith. Please pray for the safety and spiritual growth of our youth during this period.
Keeping Cool in the Summer
We have passed the 50% point in our “keeping cool in the summer” campaign. We have raised over $875.00 on the way towards our $1,500.00 goal. The good news is that all our A/C units have been repaired—just in time for Vacation Bible School. Even better is that an anonymous donor has given us $1,000 to match the money being raised. Now, we need to keep the campaign going to conclusion by remembering to add $5.00 to our weekly or monthly giving dedicated to the RUMC Building Fund. This additional funding will be used to pay our final repair bills and to help restore our Building Fund to enable us to handle future emergencies.
Renewing Our Partnership with
It’s hard to believe, but Hillsborough County Schools reopen on August 10th. That’s just a few weeks from now! Once again, RUMC is collaborating with Riverview Elementary School by providing them with emergency school supplies. Now is the time to purchase school supplies while they are readily available and relatively cheap. You can bring you school supply donations by the church office during the week, or put them in the bins set aside for that purpose on your next Sunday visit.
RUMC Metropolitan Ministry Project Launched
Saturday, June 24th marked the launch of RUMC’s Metropolitan Ministry Saturday Lunch program. Volunteers from RUMC and neighboring churches served food to all comers from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Hot meals (a meat dish, a starch, and a vegetable dish) were prepared by Metropolitan Ministry in Tampa and delivered to our Crichton Fellowship Hall where it was dished up and served by our local volunteers. Desserts and bread were provided by RESTORE in conjunction with the Winn-Dixie bakery on Big Bend Road. Other contributors provided drinks, ice and the paper goods needed to make our first week a success.
On our first Saturday, we served 24 meals free to customers, and we continue to grow our client-base as word spreads throughout the community. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a nutritious hot meal, and to spend time in fellowship with their friends and neighbors.